Each morning I look out my bedroom window at the flowers and am amazed at the new ones that have come out, seemingly overnight. I’d forgotten how lovely western North Carolina can be when spring finally appears. Pinks, purples, yellows, whites, and even a few reds – all bursting open as if to remind us that, though winter will try us in ways we never thought possible, better days are certain to arrive.
In some ways I look at this past winter as a lesson to breathe, even when I can’t catch my breath. I needed to learn to be flexible, to remain hopeful, and to continue dreaming of the future. I needed to learn to let go of things, to cherish others, and to remember who I am. It wasn’t easy and I know that I still have a lot to go through. But I know that I can do it, too.
On the kitty front: Serephina is still being a grumpy sourpuss. I think it’s likely due to the fact that the younger ones run over her when they are playing, but some of it is that she just wants to sleep in the sun, eat, and get lots of attention from me. Ofelia is opening up more and more every day. She’s taken to sleeping near me each night now. She also makes it a point to come up to me for petting whenever I come inside or wake up. I didn’t think that would ever happen and it really makes my heart overflow. Khaleesi is a temperamental little fiend sometimes, but also is one of the sweetest kittens I have ever known. She loves kisses, nose boops, and head butts. She loves to be held in my arms like a baby and still will fall asleep there. I can’t help but to wonder if she will do that all her life.
If things go well (pattern and yarn sales), I will be heading northward within the next 2 weeks. Once I get to Ohio, I’ll be setting up shop in Anthony’s spare room and will continue focusing on saving up for land. My travel plans are tentative at this point and a lot of it has to do with logistics. If things go smoothly, I’ll travel a week or so out of each month until winter. For now, though, I’m only planning as far ahead as getting back to Ohio.
In the meantime, I will be getting some flowers! I’ve been told that I can take whatever flowers and bulbs I want when I go. I’m hoping to go through and take 2 of each plant so that I will have the beginnings of my own garden. True, they will have to be planted in pots when I get up north, but they will come with me when it’s time to head out west.
And now, it’s time to get some rest. It’s been a long month and there is a lot to accomplish in the next couple of weeks.
May your journey be filled with warm days and soft breezes.